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How many hours do you work?

How many hours do you normally work per day? How many days do you work per week?

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Chris James

Most people here are working too long

In the office 8ish hours a day.

Dont do overtime, it's done when it's done. In pretty much everyone's experience and study working long hours is not honourable or good, it just produces bad work and sets unrealistic expectations of project work

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Ben Halpern

I work about 8 hour days during the week, occasionally stretching to 12 in some situations.

Then I do some weekend work pretty much every weekend. The extra time is mostly "startup founder" duties. It is what it is. On some days I'll cut it early at 5-6 hours which helps refresh from the longer weeks.

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Shaiju T

😄 Nice, But do you work all 8 hours ? Or this 8 hours include break, lunch, idle time etc. How much hours are you actually productive like before the computer window coding etc ?

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Hudson Burgess

I'm at work for 35-40 hours / week; I'm getting stuff done for 20-25 hours / week. Critical distinction.

I can write high quality (read: test-driven) code for 5-6 hours / day, occasionally 8 if I'm having a good day. Anything beyond that and the quality of my work takes a nosedive.

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Nick Karnik

I’ve worked very long hours in the past between 12-20 hours when employers took advantage of the fact that I was on a work visa. Things got much better after I joined Microsoft. Lately, I’ve found a better balance with consulting. When clients have to pay you hourly, they try to limit the hours and are cognizant of your time overall. I’m doing between 2-6 hours a day these days working from home and I get to spend a lot of time with my kids and then on side projects. In addition, I’ve moonlighted on several projects at any given time for the past 20 years.

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Vinicius Brasil

It really depends on the week, but ~10-11 hours per day, 5 days per week. Where I work we set our milestones by quarter, so in the end of the quarter we normally work more, ~14-15 hours per day, 5 days per week.

For personal projects I try to find time on weekends, ~3 hours per day.

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~18 hours a day and 7 days per week. :D

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Dustin King Author

👆 I found the robot. 😅

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lmao 😅

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Luděk Novotný • Edited on

8 hours per day. If I need to finish something, then 9 hours. Some days, I need to leave sooner so it depends. But I'm paid for 40 hours per week. I can't really complain because our work schedule is flexible and we had only 3-4 crunch days during 2 years.

In general, I'm trying to put a big boundary between my work and free time. This is my first job and I don't want to burn out so soon. I also work on my pet projects during the weekend. It still requires coding but they are so different that I see them as fun, not as work. I guess this is how pet project should feel.

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Brian Greig

I set expectations with my staff that they work 40 hour weeks. If a manager is expecting you to work more than that (with the exception of maybe when you are in crunch mode before a release) then they either:

  • aren’t properly staffed. They should bring in some contractors or hire more staff
  • don’t understand the amount of effort that goes into deliverables.
  • Are generally mid-managing their projects.

If you find yourself in this situation I strongly encourage you to break this cycle. It is bad for your health, sets a poor precedence within the industry, and leads to burnout.

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Quentin Sonrel

Professionally, I'm at work 7 hours a day, 35 a week. I actually can't do more, as consultant, that's what the client paid my employer for.

I talk about "being at work" because 7h at my desk doesn't mean 7h of actually working (meaning: "producing something useful"), obviously. I'd say I'm productive for about 4-5 hours a day.

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Jared Meakin

Standard 9-5 at work, and a couple hours afterward for my side business/projects. It varies widely though.

I get the “hustle” mentality, but I have a family and I’m working for them. So, some weeks I’ll put more time in. While other weeks I put no time in. Just have to remember to find balance in your life—that means different things to different people.

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Jacob Colborn

I put in a lot of extra hours since I am still in the learning phase of becoming a developer. I work my normal 9-5 (but it is still in IT Systems so sometimes it's 9-9 or more) and then probably 8-12 or 8-1 on learning and projects for my portfolio. On Saturday, I take a break and Sunday I get back into the rhythm. That probably won't be my story for forever, but we'll see.

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Christopher Payne

I used to work five 12 hour days (8 in office, 4 at home) and was consistent in putting in 8 hours over the weekend. It was destroying me slowly. I've reduced my hours to only 45 hours a week and yet, I feel more stressed now but no one at work has commented on a difference of quantity or quality of work. I get the important stuff done in the 40-hour week and all the hours on top of that may impact sales but don't seem to me expected or noticed by my employer.

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George Marr

Always depends really, on days that I'm at university on something I'm being paid for 4-5 hours a day. Whereas when I'm not at uni I'll prioritise course work and labsheets to be done, those days I can usually do up to 9 hours a day.

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I have the luxury of being in a very flexible job. I leave work when I get to a good stopping point. Typically this means 7-9 hours a day ending the week at 40-42. Occasionally I will have a day when I have an appointment or slept bad and leave early then come in and make up time on the weekend or just work extra on a day.

For side stuff it depends if I have anything interesting to work on. So some weeks zero hours and others many.

Honestly most people should aim to work about 40 hours per week and do whatever you can to make those 40 hours as productive as possible. Burnout is real and ideally we want not only to have long careers as developers but to also not dread going to work. Here is an excellent talk on the topic I attended awhile back:

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Dustin King Author

That was a good talk.

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Officially I have a 40 hour week, but usually work ca. 50 hours. Overwork is registered, so sometimes I can take a day or half a day off. Private projects get time on weekends early in the morning, ca, 2 to 3 hours (until my wife wakes up).

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